Getting Started on YouTube Live

Getting Started on YouTube Live


With the ever-growing popularity of web streaming and content, especially on YouTube and Twitch; the need for a high level production (or one that at least looks like it) is accelerating. 

Just turning your webcam on won’t cut it anymore. You’re going to be up against a lot of competing content that looks professional. Essentially, you’re looking at a small-scale live production, where every aspect needs to be considered.

So, where do you start?

The majority of streamers already out there, most likely, will have started out with a webcam, routed through a CDN platform like OBS, which is free software that, as well as streaming, provides basic mixing features that allow them to create live productions. A basic enhancement is to stream direct from a professional camcorder or attach your existing camera to a Teradek VidiU Go or Datavideo streaming encoder.

And, by all means, that’s where you should start too. But if your channel starts to grow and you pick up a decently sized viewer base, you may be able to start gaining revenue from your channel through video monetisation or subscriber donations. At this point, it’s definitely time to update your gear. Webcams are fine but, like TV, it’s a competitive market and subpar equipment and production value will leave you in the depths…Only to be overlooked by a bored viewer, aimlessly scrolling through YouTube.

It’s time to build

Whilst we can’t help you on the content creation side (that’s entirely a “you” problem…), we can help on the kit!
Upgrading your webcam to a DSLM/video camera with an HDMI output, or even a high spec block camera like Panasonic’s AW-UE4 (maybe more than one if you want a few different angles?), is a great place to start as it will immediately improve your image quality, as well as give you full control over them too.

If you’re using HDMI cameras, you’ll need a way to get these into your computer setup. Now, a lot of streamers would take them in individually with something like the Quik-HD or 4K>>USB3.0 from Inogeni, which converts the HDMI signal to USB3 while maintaining image quality, and then feed these into OBS. You could even upgrade your platform from OBS to Telestream’s Wirecast software, which offers a complete live production solution.

While this is a perfectly acceptable way of doing it, and how it’s been done for a long time, it is going to increase processor strain on your workstation. At this point, you could upgrade your computer, which could get quite costly (new graphics card, CPU, RAM, etc, etc, etc…). Alternatively, you could off-load all of that strain and reduce it to a single USB input into your computer, while still utilising all of the cameras/other sources that you want to use. This is where Blackmagic Design come in…

With Blackmagic’s ATEM video mixer range, they have something to suit everyone’s requirements (including budget).

The newest addition to the range is the ATEM Mini, which is designed specifically with streaming in mind. With 4 x HDMI inputs, a 3.5mm audio jack input (look at Azden for wired and wireless mic options), a built-in DVE for PiPs, broadcast level transitions, upstream & downstream keyers (for greenscreen and graphics/overlays) and a dedicated USB-C webcam output, the only thing your computer will need to do is facilitate the stream.

If you feel that you need a mixer with a little more oomph, the next step up is their ATEM Television Studio range is perfect as they give you expanded features, such as:

  • SDI inputs
  • Auxiliary outputs
  • Multiview, Preview & Program outputs
  • Professional XLR audio inputs
  • Talkback
  • Extra upstream and downstream keyers

Just remember that you’ll need one of the previously mentioned Inogeni converters to do the USB conversion on the Program output.

Add a lighting kit, such as the LEDGO E268C 3 Light Kit, and straight away, you’ll be making engaging, dynamic content that you and your followers will love (it’ll make for a fun update video too!).

For more information on these products please call us or follow the links below.

Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini
Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini

4 HDMI input Live production switcher

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD
Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD

Live production switcher for broadcast, professional and AV users

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K
Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K

Advanced 12G-SDI live production switcher

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro HD
Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro HD

Broadcast quality all in one live production switcher

INOGENI 4K >> USB3.0
INOGENI 4K >> USB3.0

4K HDMI Capture to USB 3.0

INOGENI QUIK-HD
INOGENI QUIK-HD

HDMI capture to USB 2.0 MJPEG encoder

LEDGO LG-E268CLK3
LEDGO LG-E268CLK3

3x LG-E286C Bi-Colour Lighting Kit

Panasonic AW-UE4K
Panasonic AW-UE4K

Wide-angle 4K PTZ with IP streaming - Black

Panasonic AW-UE4W
Panasonic AW-UE4W

Wide-angle 4K PTZ with IP streaming - White

Telestream Wirecast Pro - Mac
Telestream Wirecast Pro - Mac

Live video streaming production software for Mac

Telestream Wirecast Pro - Windows
Telestream Wirecast Pro - Windows

Live video streaming production software for Windows

Telestream Wirecast Studio - Mac
Telestream Wirecast Studio - Mac

Live video streaming production software for Mac

LEDGO LG-E268C
LEDGO LG-E268C

Bi-Colour Large LED Pad Light

Panasonic DC-GH5
Panasonic DC-GH5

4K 60p/50p Video Recording Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic DC-GH5 - DMW-XLR1 Bundle
Panasonic DC-GH5 - DMW-XLR1 Bundle

LUMIX DC-GH5EB-K CSC Camera & XLR Adaptor Bundle

Panasonic DC-GH5L
Panasonic DC-GH5L

GH5 Compact System Camera with 12-60mm f2.8-4 Leica Lens

Panasonic DC-GH5M
Panasonic DC-GH5M

GH5 Compact System Camera with 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 Lumix Lens

Panasonic DC-GH5S
Panasonic DC-GH5S

4K Mirrorless ILC Camera Body with 10.2 Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor

Panasonic DC-GH5S | DMW-XLR1
Panasonic DC-GH5S | DMW-XLR1

LUMIX DC-GH5S CSC Camera & XLR Adaptor Bundle

Panasonic DC-GH5S | HyperPrime CINE III 2595MFT
Panasonic DC-GH5S | HyperPrime CINE III 2595MFT

LUMIX DC-GH5S CSC Camera & SLR Magic 2595 MFT Lens Bundle

Panasonic DC-S1
Panasonic DC-S1

Digital Mirrorless Camera with 24.2MP MOS Full Frame - Body Only

Panasonic DC-S1H
Panasonic DC-S1H

6K/24p Video Recording Full Frame Mirrorless Camera - Body Only

Panasonic DC-S1M
Panasonic DC-S1M

24.2MP MOS Full Frame Digital Mirrorless Camera with L-Mount 24-105mm Lens

Panasonic DC-S1R
Panasonic DC-S1R

Digital Mirrorless Camera with 47.3MP MOS Full Frame - Body Only

Panasonic DC-S1RM
Panasonic DC-S1RM

47.3MP MOS Full Frame Digital Mirrorless Camera with L-Mount 24-105mm Lens

Panasonic DMW-XLR1
Panasonic DMW-XLR1

XLR Microphone Adapter for DC-GH5 / DC-GH5S and DC-S1 / DC-S1R

Azden PRO-XR
Azden PRO-XR

2.4 GHz Wireless Microphone System

Azden SGM-990+i
Azden SGM-990+i

Zoom Shotgun Microphone for Cameras and Mobile Devices

Azden SMX-10
Azden SMX-10

Directional Stereo Video Microphone

Azden SMX-15
Azden SMX-15

Powered Shotgun Video Microphone

Azden SMX-30
Azden SMX-30

Stereo/Mono Switchable Video Microphone

Datavideo NVS-33
Datavideo NVS-33

H.264 Video Streaming Encoder and MP4 Recorder

Panasonic AG-CX350
Panasonic AG-CX350

Lightweight 4K/HDR 10BIT REC Camera Recorder with Live Streaming

Teradek VidiU Go
Teradek VidiU Go

HEVC / H.264 live streaming encoder with professional bonded cellular technology

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